Saturday, 28 January 2017

Vintage Style Valentine Card with Heart Shaped Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone
Here's another Valentine shaker card, this time I switched to a more vintage, shabby chic style, with a rich red and gold color scheme. As I mentioned before our own brand shaker domes take the pain out of making shaker cards as you don't need to use any foam pads and once glued in place you can be sure all your shaker elements will stay inside the dome.

Valentine shaker card in a vintage style

As always with this style of card there's a lot going on!

The base is a white 12.5 x 12.5cm blank card, with the edges inked with Tattered Rose distress ink.

I then cut a piece of white card 12 x 12cm and stamped this three times with the Scratches background stamp. Each time was with a different color ink, Terra Cotta, Topaz and Yellow Ochre and I rotated the card 90 degrees between each stamping. Once the ink was dry I then blended Topaz ink over the whole background using a foam ink blending tools that no white card was left. Finally I distressed the edges of this piece of card with a paper scuffer tool and inked the rough edges with Tea Dye distress ink.

For the shaker dome I drew round the outline of the heart shaped shaker dome on to a piece of parchment vellum, cut it to size, blended Tattered Rose ink around the edges and stamped the first part of the greeting in black ink in the centre. I then put red and gold beads into the shaker dome and adhered the prepared parchment vellum to the back of the dome.

I die cut a shape from gold card and adhered this to the background and adhered the filled shaker dome over the edge of the gold shape and the background.

I cut the stems off 4 red paper roses and 3 brown paper roses, the red roses have had a little glitter added to them with a clear Wink of Stella pen and the brown roses have been inked with a gold pigment ink pad. I die cut several leaves from dark green card and arranged the flowers and leaves either side of the shaker dome.

I colored 5mm natural, self adhesive pearls with a gold permanent marker and positioned them around the visible parts of the shaker dome rim.

For the second part of the greeting I die cut a decorative square of parchment vellum inked the edges with Tea Dye ink and stamped the greeting in black ink a small piece of lace and a red pearl finished it off.

Phew! lots to do but I am happy with the results, hope you like it too!
Thanks for looking in.
Debbie x

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Modern Valentine Card with Heart Shaped Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone
I have been looking forward to using our heart shaped shaker domes to make Valentines cards, here's my first one! The shaker domes make it really easy to create shaker cards, there is no need for foam pads etc. and your shaker elements will stay safely inside the dome. I wanted to make a clean and simple card where the shaker area

Valentine card with heart shaped shaker dome

I started by cutting some red and pink lacy hearts so that I could use the small die cut hearts inside the shaker dome, I will use the big hearts for something else later.

I lightly marked with a pencil the position of the shaker dome on an A6 white card blank, I piled the small hearts in the middle of the marked area and adhered two of the hearts towards the upper left side of the shaker dome area. I put dabs of glue all around the rim of the shaker dome, pressed it into position on the card blank and left it for a few minutes for the glue to dry to make sure that it was secure.

I took a white A6 dome overlay, ready made to fit over the heart shaped domes, and embossed it with a hearts embossing folder and then adhered it over the dome and the card blank.

I cut a strip of pink card and stamped the greeting with black pigment ink and adhered this to the bottom right corner of the card.

Et voila! shaker cards made simple with our own brand shaker domes!
Thanks for visiting, hope you like the card and I look forward to your comments.
Debbie x

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Gatefold Valentine Card with Lacy Filagree Heart

Hi Everyone
Here's a gatefold valentine card, totally inspired by Jennifer McGuire I am in awe of her work! So I liked this idea and wanted to do something similar.
I'm afraid mine is a poor version but here it is for you anyway.

Gatefold Valentine Card

Gatefold Valentine Card

I cut a piece of pink card 21 x 14cm and scored it 5.25cm in from either side to create the "gates", fold these gates down and use a bone folder to flatten the crease. 

I die cut a filagree heart from black card then used the same die to cut half a heart shape form one of the gates by positioning the die halfway over the edge of the card, then fold the gates down and position the die over the cut out area but tape it to the other gate to cut the second half heart. 

Again holding the gates down position the black heart inside the heart shaped cut out and glue in place, you might need to make some tiny pencil marks to help you with the positioning but you can erase these once the heart is in place.

I embossed the gates one at a time, do this after the die cutting otherwise your embossing will get flattened when it passes through the machine. 

I hand cut a piece of vellum into and arrow shape and stamped the greeting on it with white ink and decorated the heart with some adhesive crystals. When I die cut the black heart  the negative parts of the cut out include some small heart shapes, I adhered two of these to the front of the card.

Thanks for visiting, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Vintage Style Valentine Card

Pearls, roses, jewels, velvet and parchment, the perfect ingredients for a vintage style card!
I like to make something in a different style occasionally and wanted to make a valentine card with a vintage feel, after all it was during Victorian times that the sending of Valentine cards became a tradition.
The only time consuming part of the card is printing the parchment with the script but you could use a ready made paper instead to save time.

Vintage style hand made valentine card

I started with a square cream card blank and cut a slightly smaller piece of pink card, I threaded a length of velvet ribbon through the loop on a matching tassel and adhered this to the left side of the pink card tucking the ends of the ribbon underneath for a neat finish, and then adhered the pink card to the base.

I die cut a scalloped circle from parchment vellum and a plain circle of pink card slightly smaller to go on top of it.

I made the parchment script paper on the computer, I used Microsoft Word to select a suitable font, size and color and fill an A4 size page with appropriate words and phrases, save and print on to parchment vellum. Die cut a heart shape from the printed vellum ink the edges of the heart shape and the scalloped circle with black ink and glue in to position.

Trim the stems off three pink paper roses and glue to the edge of the heart, add pink adhesive pearls to the other side of the heart and a vintage style gemstone to the velvet ribbon.

The words on the printed heart convey the message so I didn't add any further greeting.

I hope you like it and look forward to your comments.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Birthday Blossoms Iris, Primrose and Violet Cards to Celebrate February Birthdays

Welcome to the second part of our Birthday Blossoms series. The birth flowers for February are Iris, Primrose and Violet, giving me a strong yellow and purple color scheme for both cards.

The distinctive and easily recognizable shape of and iris made it a perfect candidate for quilling. Once again I called upon the considerable talents of my daughter Garcia to produce a quilled iris for me and she did not let me down.

Birthday card with quilled iris flower

The base is a standard A6 white card blank, matted with a piece of cream card that has been embossed with the Flourishes embossing folder and inked around the edges with Violet pigment ink. I die cut purple card and a slightly smaller piece of yellow card using Spellbinders curved border dies to create the centre panel and mounted the quilled iris onto this. The iris is made from different colored 3mm quilling paper strips. A Small Text Happy Birthday peel off in gold and some Purple Candy Stickers finish off the card.

The second card for this month was a bit more complicated to make and gave me the chance to try out a technique that I had been reading about to create the patterned background.

Birthday card with wax resist background primroses and violets

I started with a standard A6 Cream Card Blank and then made the patterned background.

Wax Resist Background
I read about this technique on a blog called Creative Expressions by Carol Sweeney, here is my version of her description.
You will need some wax paper, I used ordinary kitchen waxed paper which I bought in the supermarket. Cut a piece of the waxed paper the same size as your embossing folder, or a little bigger and emboss the waxed paper using your die cutting or embossing machine as you would any other piece of card or paper. When you take the wax paper out of the embossing folder you will be able to see the pattern on it. Cut two pieces of card to the size that you want your background to be and sandwich the wax paper between them. Heat your iron to it's hottest temperature but turn off the steam and iron the card/wax paper sandwich. In Carol's description she emphasizes the need to hold one half of the card and iron the other and then switch over to prevent the wax paper from moving round and blurring. I wasn't careful enough with my first attempt and there were patches left with no pattern on, so make sure that you hold the card firmly whilst ironing. On my second attempt I ironed too much and again had areas with no pattern, but third time lucky I ran the hot iron over the card a couple of times and it worked well.
I got the impression from Carol's description that the wax pattern would be on both pieces of card, however, mine only transferred to one of the pieces so maybe I misunderstood that bit. If you hold the card to the light you will be able to see the pattern has been transferred in wax to your card.
I used a Foam Ink Blending Tool to rub ink all over the card to reveal the pattern as the ink sticks to the card and not the wax. If you don't have and ink blending tool you can ink the card directly from the ink pad but you may need to use a tissue to remove excess ink from the waxed areas. I used Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves embossing folder and Tim Holtz Bundled Sage distress ink for this card.

The Rest of the Card
Once made, I adhered the patterned background piece to the card blank and adhered a strip of Burlap Hessian Ribbon over the background. I used an Oval Frame die cutting stencil to cut a cream card shape and stamped this with Violet pigment ink using the Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut Set.
The primroses are made using Petaloo Paintable Flowers, I used two sizes of primrose shaped flowers and colored them with marker pens adding a 3mm Pale Gold Adhesive Pearl to the centre of each. Purple Paper Flowers are the violets and leaves die cut with the Paper Smooches Foliage 2 set complete the card.

I hope you like these two cards, the colors are very spring like just perfect for a birthday in February.
Debbie x

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